8 Concrete Ways To Turn Your Passion Into Activism (Without Neglecting Your Career)•
The world needs passionate people.
And today, more than ever before, there are so many crazy things happening both globally and in our own backyards that it’s hard not to be passionate about something that’s changing in our world.
The question is though, if you’re passionate about something what are you doing about it?
The best way to make use of passion is to turn it into action. More specifically, activism. Click To Tweet
The good news is that with all of these governmental, workplace, and leadership changes happening around us, there is also an abundance of opportunities for bold individuals to actively respond to them in meaningful ways. The most meaningful way of all is through modern day activism.
Activism is taking action to effect change, whether that is social, political, economic or environmental. Modern day activism is how that takes shape in today’s world.
When it comes to modern day activism, the first thing you have to ask yourself is – what are you most passionate about?
- Women’s Rights?
(the average kununu star rating for “gender equality” across all companies is 2.93 out of 5 stars)
- Disability Rights?
(the average kununu star rating for “handicap accessibility” across all companies is 3.05 out of 5 stars)
- Environmental Issues & Global warming?
(the average kununu star rating for “eco-consciousness” across all companies is 2.88 out of 5 stars)
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Thinking about individual causes that matter most to you doesn’t mean you can’t be passionate about multiple political topics. In fact, it’s almost impossible to care about one thing and not any of the others.
But let’s be realistic, there are only so many hours in a day. And if you want to pursue meaningful activism while balancing a career, you have to acknowledge that you can’t try to change everything all at once.
That said, once you’ve determined the issues that matter most to you…
Here are 8 concrete ways to turn your passion into activism without neglecting your career:
Vote with your wallet
The easiest way to turn your passion into action against things that you disagree with is by hitting people (and business) where it hurts them most: in their wallets. Basically – stop giving them your money.
A perfect example of this in action is the #DeleteUber movement, which calls Uber users to disable their accounts and delete the Uber app in light of accusations of abhorrent workplace violations at Uber from former employees, as well as the repeatedly objectionable decisions by the Uber organization.
You may not be able to impact Uber’s leadership directly as a single individual, but alongside other Uber ‘boycotters’ you can make a huge political statement through something you do have control over and on your own schedule – your own buying choices.
You can’t make a meaningful impact if you don’t know what you’re fighting for. So first thing’s first, don’t just take the news (ahem, Facebook) headlines at face value. Learn more about the who, what, and why of what’s happening around you and educate yourself about the actual implications of political changes.
Added bonus? Reading up on news and politics is typically very SFW (safe for work) and typically won’t jeopardize your job or career.
Some useful non-partisan resources:
Educate your peers
Once you’ve educated yourself, don’t let your knowledge go to waste. Blog about it. Share a powerful article. Start a (peaceful) discussion about it the next time you’re out with your friends, co-workers or family.
The more people that engage with political topics on a human level in this peer-to-peer way, the less intimidating it’ll be to participate in modern day activism. And then, ideally, the more likely you’ll have strength in numbers for the causes you care about.
Communicate with your representative(s)
Every voter in each of the 50 states has two senators and one representative. And it’s each state representative’s primary job to create legislation and to address the needs of the people they represent (that’s you!) in light of current and proposed legislation.
So whether you call them, write them, or talk to them at a town hall meeting, communicating your concerns to your state representatives is exactly what they’re there for and is a huge step towards turning your passion for change into real action. And for the most part, this is absolutely something you can do on your own time after work or on the weekend.
Participate in town hall meetings
To communicate further with your state reps, as well as with fellow citizens about topics that matter to you, become an active participant in your local town hall meetings. Town hall meetings started back in the 1600s as a place where people would convene weekly to discuss the pressing issues of their community. Today, it continues to be an extremely valuable outlet for political activism that people often forget about, yet they’re happening all the time.
Want to know what your local town hall meeting schedule is? To start, try a simple Google search for “town hall meetings [your town]”. You’re bound to find a time slot that fit into your work schedule.
Sign or start a petition
Another powerful form of modern day activism that you can easily balance with a busy career is signing or starting a petition. Petitions are an age-old form of political action rooted in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, and they are basically any written document signed by a large number of people demanding some form of action from a government or other authority.
To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days. To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days.
The best part of petitions? They take little of your time and can be done from the comfort of your computer chair (that means at work too!).
Here is an inspirational list of online petitions that led to real change.
Rally or protest
While attending the next huge rally or protest isn’t always feasible for those without flexible work hours (74.9% of the 150k+ companies reviewed on kununu don’t offer flexible working hours), going to organized political events like rallies and protests is among the most empowering acts of political activism that anyone can do, no matter who you are or where you’re from.
While a single rally or protest itself might not change things overnight, it’s a bold way for groups of activists to command attention for issues that really matter. They are also great opportunities for you to connect with other like-minded activists and feed your passion for change in a personal way that other types of activism don’t.
Devote your career to it
If you’re craving for more ways to spark change in the world, do what some of these inspiring professionals did; devote their career completely to a cause they felt passionate about.
- Nathan Katsuki, Founder of Charity Canvas, created a business model that incorporates his passion for giving. The company sells original artwork online and then donates 50% of the revenue to different charities that support causes like cancer research, women’s rights, and humanitarian crises around the world.
- Jocelyn Caster works for Wyncode Academy, a coding bootcamp in Miami that as an organization addresses a widespread issue of workplace diversity, as working in tech as a woman or a minority (racial or sexual) is in itself an act of activism for many of its students.
- Cailley Formichella, Founder of SheShouldLead.com and former producer for a major radio station in Los Angeles, gave up her career in broadcasting to devote 100% of her time reporting on things that matter and supporting causes that are in need of support through volunteering and freelance broadcasting.
Is there a cause you’re passionate about? Do you want to learn more about how activism and career intersect? Let us know @kununu_US!
Linda Le Phan is the Content Marketing Manager at kununu US, a company review platform built on transparency. When she isn’t focused on creating great content around the modern workplace, company culture, and workplace happiness, she is probably going out to get an iced coffee (even in Boston winter), raiding the snack drawer, or jamming to kununu’s Spotify playlist.